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central high atlas hike

Tour Details

Central High Atlas hike: 4-day Trek in Ait Bouguemez valley, untouched land, and a beautiful part of the Central High Atlas Mountains. We offer you this hike in Bouguemez, which starts from the Arous Valley to reach the Ikkis sheepfold. We then cross the mountains of Igoudmane, where we meet the nomads of the Ait Bougmez valley who come in summer to these high mountains with their herds of goats and sheep. Finally, the descent to Ait Bouguemez to see up close the traditions and architecture of villages built in adobe.
During our 4-day Central High Atlas hike, we discover the spectacular Happy Valley, a vast green valley between two mountain ranges exceeding 3000 meters in altitude.

Total Duration: 4 days
Period: April to October
Trek Grade: Easy to medium
Max Elevation: 3000 meters
Accommodation: Guesthouse and Camping

Central High Atlas hike allows you to:

  • Explore Happy Valley of Ait Bougmez.
  • Meet the local Berbers of the Central High Atlas Mountain.
  • Discover Dinosaur tracks. The traces of dinosaurs on the limestone slabs in Ibakliouine Village.
  • Visit the collective attic of Sidi Moussa, a beautiful building on a hill built by the inhabitants of  Timit Village.

Itinerary of Central High Atlas hike

Day 1: Marrakech − Azilal City − Arouss Valley − Ikkis N’Arous pasture

Early morning after breakfast, transfer by car from Marrakech. After two h on the road, we arrive at Azilal City, the mountain gate. Then, by a mountainous road, we pass through the beautiful narrow valley of Ait Abbas in Central High Atlas. Arrival at our meeting point with our mule team. Lunch in the shade of walnut trees. About a 3-hour hike to reach our camp at Ikkis pasture. Overnight in tents. 5-hour drive. 3-hour walk. 

Day 2: Azib Ikkis Pasture − Igoudamen Mountains − Ait Bougmez valley − Ait Imi Village

After breakfast, we start with a nice ascent hike to the sheepfold of Arous, then the pastures of several Berber villages in central High Atlas mountains, where we meet the Berbers with their herds—a panoramic view of the green valley of Ait Bougmez. Then by a steep path, we get to Aguerd N’ouzrou water source; The water is channelled into a channel (irrigation system) concreted to limit losses by infiltration. The water irrigates crops a few hundred meters away. We spend the night in tents near Ait Imi village—a 6 h walk.

Day 3: Ait Imi − Adazen Mountain − Sidi Moussa Collective Attic − Timit village

We continue our hike by visiting the dinosaurs’ traces near Ibakllioune village. Then we go up about 400 meters to Adazen mountain ridge through a juniper forest. On the bank, we enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains of Central High Atlas, Azourki and Igoudamen. The descent to Ait Ouangdal Village. Lunch under walnut trees. We follow our path along the river between the gardens to see the heritage, architecture, and culture of Aït Bougmez. Then we go up to the old shrine and fortified granary of Sidi Moussa on a pyramid-shaped mountain, which offers a splendid view of the three directions of happy valley. Overnight in a traditional Guesthouse. 5-hour walk.

Day 4: Ait Bouguemez Valley – Azilal City – Ouzoud waterfalls – Marrakech

After breakfast, we meet our driver and transfer to Azilal. We then visit the Ouzoud waterfalls, which are about 110 meters high. Afterward, we have about a 2h drive to arrive in Marrakech. End of Central High Atlas hike.

Summer and Winter Season Price
  • 2 people – 350 €
  • 3 people – 300€
  •  For 4 people or more – 260 €
Price Includes
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfers from and to your hotel
  • Accommodation for trekking duration
  • Mules for luggage carrying during the trek
  • Kitchen equipment
  • All meals during your trek
Price Does Not Include
  • Ticket flight
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation and meals in Marrakech
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Traditional tips
Materials Needed For Central High Atlas hike
  • The big bag of clothing
  • Backpack for each daily supplies
  • Good walking shoes and socks fit for rugged terrain
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag
  • Warm and light clothes
  • Ice ax and crampons for winter
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers/ rain-pants
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Head Torch
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Toilet tissues
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifier
 Additional Details
  • Central High Atlas hike is available and can be arranged for groups of all sizes.
  • Further discounts are available for group sizes over eight people.
  • You can pay €/$/£ or Moroccan Dirhams.

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